Re: Practical, Tactical Or ? By Ward W. Brien
The Barrett Firearms Company manufactures solid, accurate, reliable and exceptionally lethal weapon systems. I have yet to shoot their new bolt gun "98 BRAVO chambered in .338 Lapua," however if any of their other weapons are an indication of what it is like, certainly it will be top drawer.
After spending a little time shooting both the .338 Lapua and the .338 Norma, I must admit that the .338 Norma has grabbed my attention, and it is for this reason that I am in the process of cutting chamber for it. Both cartridges are performers, however the .338 Norma was designed and built around the 300 grain SMK. As a result, the 300 grain SMK works Very, Very well fired from the Norma platform.
Several young men that took a class from me last year brought 300 RUM's, and they shot exceptionally well. I cannot remember the load or bullet that they utilized, however it did make allot of velocity and did shoot exceptionally well...
Still, unless I change my mind, I will probably hunt Elk next year with my 6.5 X 284, and I will not hesitate to take shots at 1000 yards with it. I am utilizing the Berger 140 grain VLD's that move at 2950 fps and shoot as accurately as anything out there if not better.